Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Hiker
Yosemite National Park is searching for John Paul Chaufan Field, 22 years old, a college student who is attending the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Chaufan Field was last seen near Kibbie Lake in the Hetch Hetchy area of northwestern Yosemite National Park. He was last seen on Saturday, May 19, where he was on a backpacking trip with a group of fellow students from UCSC, who were conducting an outdoor recreation trip.
The UCSC group began their backpacking trip from Cherry Lake on Friday, May 18, and set up camp near Kibbie Lake that evening. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, it was noticed that Chaufan Field was not present during a headcount. When the group reassembled approximately one hour later after a short day hike, he was still unaccounted for.*
Yosemite National Park is asking anyone who was in the area of Kibbie Lake over the weekend to call the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center at 209-379-1992. Phones will be answered 24-hours a day, 7-days per week. Chaufan Field is 5' 5" tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a eyeglasses, an earth colored baggy plaid button-up long-sleeve shirt, an olive/brown undershirt, cut-off denim shorts, and Vibram Five-Finger shoes.
Approximately 50 personnel are assisting in the ground search, including Search and Rescue teams from Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Monterey County, and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit (BAMRU). Additionally, the park helicopter and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter are assisting ground teams in the search for Chaufan Field. Search dogs are also being utilized in the area.
For a missing persons flyer of Chaufan Field, please go to www.nps.gov/yose/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=518370.
* Clarification: The following has been modified from the initial news release based upon further investigation: At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, it was noticed that Chaufan Field was not present during a headcount. When the group reassembled approximately one hour later after a short day hike, he was still unaccounted for.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.